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Ongoing Fire Alarm Testing in Guest Rooms

Posted on: May 5, 2021

As vaccination rates increase and people venture out of quarantine, Americans are looking to travel again. And as a hospitality manager or owner, there are fire sprinkler and fire alarm needs that must be met to ensure the safety of your guests and meet regulatory requirements. The hardest and most important part of periodic fire protection systems testing is getting in and out of the guest rooms quickly and with minimal disruption.

Fire alarm testing in the hospitality environment has many challenges. There are several often-conflicting goals:

  • Business clients are looking for a place that allows easy access to resources to connect to their customers and office support. Perhaps quiet enjoyment after a hard day’s work… maybe a little entertainment and/or refreshments.
  • Family travelers need a place to keep the kids occupied, maybe establish a temporary home-base while visiting long lost relatives, all while shedding the stress of an otherwise hectic life.
  • The Fire Marshal’s office is tasked with ensuring your facility’s fire safety systems and emergency practices meet all required adapted codes through hands on inspections as well as review of Inspection, Test and Maintenance (ITM) documentation.
  • And let us not forget the various other Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)’s insurance company requirements and corporate guidelines for example.

Before you accept that you have no choice but to ruin your guests’ otherwise good time to comply with the requirement of testing your fire protection systems, let a single source provider like PSI sit down and help you develop an ITM strategy.

The first step in any plan development is to understand what needs to be done and all available options. Every room must be entered to test smoke alarms/detectors and observe the proper operation of audible (horns/speakers) and visible devices (strobes in ADA rooms). Consider:

  • What time of year are we likely to experience lower occupancy rates?
  • What time of day are the least number of guests present?
  • Are there remodels or construction projects coming up?
  • Are there special events on the horizon to avoid?
  • Is it possible to compartmentalize the facility to isolate test areas?
  • Make sure that proper signage is prepared and posted informing guests and visitors.
  • Coordinate all potential parties (fire alarm, sprinkler, elevator, AHJ, etc…) to eliminate duplicate intrusive entry.
  • Are there cost trad-offs that might be advantageous (shift work, increased staff participation)
  • Are there technical innovations available to reduce overall time/cost?

Answering these questions and organizing tasks in a logical manner will save time, money and guest interaction. Once your strategy is defined, PSI’s experienced and certified inspection technicians will be professional, on-time and on-task. Our experience working in the hospitality environment will show through. Any discrepancies will be documents with a solution presented. Documentation will be organized in a manner that will satisfy the fire department and other AHJs.

Contact us to set up an integrated testing plan today!

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